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The M3 will make you a better driver. (archive)

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Posted by Jerry in D.C. on July 21, 2001 at 12:37:12:

In Reply to: Need some advice on E30 M3's (also, rant included) posted by Micah Cranman on July 19, 2001 at 17:13:15:

My experience with my M3 is that, to make it go fast, you have to concentate and work on being smooth. The more you concentrate, the faster you can go. You can't appreciate and enjoy the car by flooring it and driving recklessly and aggressively. The car is more about the art of driving, and it takes time and some comittment to drive it well. Some of your dad's concerns would apply more forcefully if you wanted a hot rod/muscle car. Moreover, when I was your age, I had a Ford Station Wagon, and still I drove like a bat out of hell. I don't think I would have been any more reckless had I been in an M3. That said, I am now 39 years old and somewhat more conservative by nature, and my M3 definitely encourages me to drive faster than my previous car, a Camry, did. Moreover, being as young as you are, an M3 would certainly be expensive for you to insure. Also, keep in mind that E30 M3's are very conpicious--especially to law enforcement. Finally, regarding reliability, E30 M3's are well enginenered and should prove very reliable IF THEY ARE PROPERLY MAINTAINED. However, maintenance costs will be higher than those for a Maxima.

Good luck! I appreciate your position, but it sounds like your dad has some valid points too--especially about insurance. If I were your dad, you might persuade me to let you have an E30 M3 if you promised to take some driving classes with it. You can take some very good classes through BMW CCA or--if you can afford it--places like Skip Barber. You will probably enjoy them immensely too.

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